Double Play: Will Red Sox Ever Lose? Not to Orioles on Friday

Swinging Johnson

Thursday, August 9, 2018 7:42 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 7:42 PM UTC

We went 5-1 last weekend and are prepared to do it all over again. Let’s check out what the oddsmakers are dealing on Friday night’s slate as we target our two top plays and keep burying our bookmaker.

MLB Double PlayBoston at BaltimoreFriday, 7:05 p.m. ETFree MLB Pick: Red Sox MLBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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What’s Trending
  • Red Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games.
  • Red Sox are 17-4 in their last 21 road games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of less than .400.
  • Red Sox are 10-2 versus Baltimore this season.
  • Orioles are 1-4 in Bundy's last 5 starts during Game 1 of a series.
  • Orioles are 1-5 in their last 6 Friday games.
  • Orioles are 3-13 in Bundy's last 16 starts vs. American League East.

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Mitch stays hot 🔥

— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) August 9, 2018

At this point in the season, the Red Sox may be just flat-out bored of winning. Boston is on a pace to win 114 games and is obliterating the division with their nearest rivals, the New York Yankees, nine games back pending Thursday night’s results. The Red Sox were projected to contend in the AL East before the season began but the emergence of Mookie Betts to superstar status and the signing of free agent J.D. Martinez as a big bat turned bazooka in the lineup has given Boston the best one-two punch since Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz. Defensively, Jackie Bradley Jr. is more like a shaman than a centerfielder with enough highlight-reel catches this season to fill a week’s worth of "SportsCenter."

On the other hand, the Orioles are the anti-Sox. Entering Game 1 of this four-game set, Baltimore has lost 10 of 12 to Boston which is exactly what happens when a traditionally good team meets a seriously flawed one. And it doesn’t appear as though it will get any better for the O’s on Friday night as Boston’s newest acquisition, Nathan Eovaldi, has allowed just one run over a combined 21 innings in his last three starts. Meanwhile, Orioles starter Dylan Bundy has two losses and one no-decision (a Baltimore loss) in three starts versus Boston this year and his team’s record is 3-8 vs. the Red Sox over his career. The MLB odds board is dealing the visiting Sox as substantial road favorites, but seriously, what did you expect? Back Boston in your MLB picks on Friday night.

Tampa Bay at TorontoFriday, 7:07 p.m. ETFree MLB Pick: Rays MLBest Line Offered: 5Dimes

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What’s Trending
  • Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 during Game 1 of a series.
  • Rays are 21-8 in their last 29 games on Astroturf.
  • Rays are 5-1 versus Toronto this season.
  • Blue Jays are 3-7 in Estrada’s last 10 Friday starts.
  • Blue Jays are 2-5 in Estrada’s last 7 starts following a quality start in his last appearance.

Both teams are hopelessly out of playoff contention and are playing out the string. But that doesn’t mean an opportunity to pick a spot and back the right side suddenly vanishes. And here we have a Rays team that has dominated the Jays this season and has a pitching matchup that we believe favors Tampa Bay big time.

Rays starter Blake Snell (12-5), 2.27 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) has had a sensational season but was sidelined in mid-July after shoulder fatigue. The 25-year-old southpaw returned to action Saturday with a severe pitch-count limit and tossed four innings of one-run ball against the White Sox. Manager Kevin Cash gave Snell an extra day of rest and moved him to Friday’s contest against the Blue Jays. Lucky us! He will be countered by Toronto veteran righty Marco Estrada, who has a 2-7 career record against the Rays with an ERA above 5.00.

The value is good on the Rays here and we suggest you take a big bite before the line on the MLB odds board begins to spiral upward on the visitors. For another MLB pick, bet Tampa Bay on Friday night.

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